There are two types of cookie used on our site: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are temporary files used to store information for your current browser session, and are deleted when you close your browser. Persistent cookies are files that are saved on your computer and contain information that can be read by the site when you return, and are used to manage your user experience, or provide anonymous statistical analysis relating to your visits. Details of all our cookies are shown below. None of the cookies store any personal information that could be used to identify you.
All the cookies are 1st party cookies – this means they are set and used only by our website. No 3rd party cookies (cookies from an external source, typically used to track advertising) are used on our site.
Session cookies for site management: when you access the site, a cookie “token” with a unique encrypted session id code is passed to your computer. This token then controls your access to the site for that session, and is deleted once you close your browser or log off from the site. These cookies are an essential part of the site delivery system, and you will not be able to fully use our site without cookies enabled.
Persistent cookies for site management: if you register on the site and select the “Remember me” option, a persistent cookie is passed to your computer. This cookie is not deleted when you leave the site or close your browser, but is saved on your computer. This cookie contains an encrypted user id code that identifies your computer upon future visits and automatically logs you into the site. This cookie does not contain any personal information that could be used to identify you.
We use a number of services to monitor traffic on our site.
Google Analytics When you visit our site the Google Analytics program sets certain cookies that record statistical information about your visits to the site, and we are required by law to identify these cookies to you and how they are used. These cookies do not store any personal information that could be used to identify you.
These cookies are:
- This is a persistent cookie that keeps track of the number of times you visit the site, the date and time of your first visit, and the date and time of your last visit. This is a persistent cookie that is set to expire 24 months from your last recorded visit.
- and _utmc. These are session cookies that work together. _utmb. records the exact time you enter the site, and _utmc. records the time you exit the site. _utmb. is automatically deleted when you close your browser, _utmc. expires 30 minutes after your last page view is recorded.
- This is a persistent cookie that stores the “referrer” information provided by your computer and browser. This information might include: the source of your visit (e.g. directly or from another website or search engine), any search terms you used, which country you are from, your language settings, and the technical specifications of your computer (or other device) and browser. This cookie expires after 6 months.
- This is a persistent cookie that can be set to record any classification of your visit as of a particular type in the Google Analytics program. This cookie is a “permanent” cookie that is set to expire 24 months from your last recorded visit.
Statcounter This is an online service which helps us to understand our visitors; for example, how visitors find our website, how long they spend on our site, which web pages they are most interested in etc. We use Statcounter because better understanding how visitors are interacting with our website helps us to improve the content, design and functionality of our site. This allows us to offer a better online experience to our visitors.
- Time and date of visit (this can help us to identify and plan for busy periods on our website)
- IP address (this is a numerical label assigned to a device by an Internet Service Provider to enable the device to access the internet)
- Browser and Operating System (this can help us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the browsers/operating systems used to access our site)
- Device Information e.g. device type and screen size (this can help us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the devices used to access our site)
- Referring Data e.g. a search engine link (this can help us to understand which search engines are helping visitors to find our website)
Furthermore, when you visit our website a Statcounter cookie (called “is_unique”) may be placed in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site.
You can learn more about cookies from Statcounter and set your browser to refuse same here: http://statcounter.com/about/set-refusal-cookie/